Storing self-inflating mattresses

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 09:19
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We have just returned from 3 weeks desert camping on our new 100mm thick self-inflating mattresses. Very comfortable and worth every cent.

For long term storage and to maximise their life, will they lose their spring if we keep them rolled up and tied? My gut feeling is that they would last better if left inflated - we could store them at home under a bed.

I would appreciate any views or experiences.

Thanks, Gado



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Reply By: Member - Vince B (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 09:42

Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 09:42
Hi Gado.

We have stored our mattress under a bed for years. No problems.
It is always available when the grand kids want a sleep over.

Cheers.
Vince
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Reply By: Bill BD - Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 11:02

Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 11:02
Always have stored my self inflaters open and unrolled. Its a pain but that is manufacturers instructions. Same for sleeping bags.
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Reply By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 11:04

Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 11:04
Last longer when left inflated, or the valve open, just like down sleeping bags last longer when left loose.
Boy 100mm must be very thick, = to 3 or 4 of the Thermarests I use.
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Follow Up By: Gado - Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 13:24

Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 13:24
Thanks Mark, I'll leave them inflated...

And yes 100mm is thick but they're as good to sleep on as the expensive foam mattress in our camper - that was the deal, otherwise she wouldn't come tenting across the desert with me!

Cheers, Gado

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Follow Up By: Muddy.au - Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 17:27

Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 17:27
Hi Gado, sounds good a 100mm what kind is it.
Cheers David
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Follow Up By: Gado - Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 18:05

Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 18:05
Hello David, it's called an Oztrail self inflating leisure mattress, we saw them on special a couple of months ago and grabbed a couple of king singles (around $90 ea) for our Simpson desert trip. I think the extra thickness is worth it for comfort, they rollup reasonably small at about 250mm diameter. (I declare no vested interest in them).
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Follow Up By: Inflataduck - Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 19:42

Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 19:42
Most manufactures advise to store them inflated, you will find most will die quickly if left rolled up for long times between inflates
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Reply By: Gado - Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 20:51

Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 20:51
Thank you all for responses, it does sound more logical to store them inflated with plugs out.

Cheers, Gado
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Reply By: happytravelers - Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 20:52

Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 20:52
Hi Gado

We have the same mattresses, 100mm Oztrail king singles. Had them for about five years, always stored unrolled under the bed with a couple of valves open. Great matteress, very comfortable, mind you sounds like the price has gone up, from memory I think we paid about $50 each for them.

Regards Jon
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Follow Up By: Gado - Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 22:06

Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 22:06
Jon, it's good to think they'll last at least 5 years....I believe current rrp is $129 but it's easy to shop around these days. We bought them locally.

Cheers, Gado
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Reply By: Rod W - Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 08:45

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 08:45
Jeez, then I must be doing something wrong. I've had mine for 10yrs plus and I roll them up to store after each trip... and they still work fine.
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Follow Up By: Gado - Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 18:27

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 18:27
Ah then they must be VERY good, if you can do it wrong and they still last 10 years plus...
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